2003 Cricket World Cup was held in South Africa. It was arranged that each team be led onto the field by a model, and Diop was chosen to lead the Zimbabwean team.
During the contest word went around about Barbara's gender history, and presumably caused consternation in Harare given the public homophobia of Mugabe's government. However Zimbabwe were able to advance to the Super Sixes (quarter finals) after they were awarded a technical win over England who refused to play against them.
- Gustav Thiel. "Transsexual model led Zim team at opening". IOL Sport, February 24 2003. www.iol.co.za/sport/transsexual-model-led-zim-team-at-opening-1.523347#.UsfTRfJtwWc.